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Consequentialism is the view that normative properties depend only on consequences. The most prominent example is consequentialism about the moral rightness of acts, which holds that whether an act is morally right depends only on the consequences of that act or of something related to that act, such as the motive behind the act or a general rule requiring acts of the same kind.[1]


  1. Sinnott-Armstrong, Walter. "Consequentialism", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, (Winter 2012 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), refrenced 2013-06-27.